Date: March 6, 2008
STG SEMITEST NEWS Quarter 1, 2008

Visit ECT At The Ninth-Annual BiTS Workshop!

The 2008 Burn-in & Test Socket Workshop is March 9-12 at the Hilton Phoenix East in Mesa, Arizona and ECT will be there! Stop by and see us at booth A-49 or check out one of our presentations!

At the Hot Topics Session from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, ECT Product Manager Jim Brandes will present “High-Performance Contactors for Wafer-Scale Test.” In his presentation, Jim will contrast traditional and wafer-level testing and reveal a brand new ECT spring probe that solves the challenges of this increasingly popular test methodology.

At Poster Session 2 from 3-4 p.m. March 11, Jim will present “Making Kelvin Contact to Small, Fine-Pitch Contacts.” The poster will discuss the challenges and benefits of Kelvin contacting, and offer ECT’s revolutionary Gemini Kelvin probe as the best solution for Kelvin contacting in high-volume production environments.

Electrical Engineer Ryan Satrom will present “From Single-Ended to Differential” at the final session of the Design Day tract from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. Ryan will compare differential and single-ended signaling and discuss the considerations in contactor selection for optimal differential signal integrity.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Don’t Miss ECT At SEMICON China 2008!

Stop by booth 2824 in exhibit hall W2 at Semicon China 2008 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre March 18-20. Discover our revolutionary Gemini Kelvin technology - an optimal solution for making true Kelvin contact in ultra fine pitch applications - and learn more about our exceptional PCB fabrication services - you design it, we’ll fab it! With 24-hour design, sales, and support services throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, ECT offers Global Support, Locally!


Selecting The Proper PCB Material & Test Contactor For High Speed And Other Critical Test Requirements

It’s the age-old question, “Should I use a Rogers Material for this application?” Over the course of our 25 years in PCB design and fabrication, we’ve come to understand these requests. Years of simulation and measurement validations of those simulations have given ECT an unprecedented tool in the industry.

In the past, PCB design houses couldn’t provide a definitive answer, and traditionally pushed back on the customer to decide. Thus, many designs not needing the electrical advantage were probably designed and fabricated using the more expensive Rogers Material. If you’re a busy customer releasing many new products each quarter, this adds up quickly as Rogers is almost twice the expense of standard FR4.

ECT has developed a Performance Matrix to definitively answer the question of when you must go to a higher-end PCB material and, more importantly, when you do not.

Click here for more info. Then, contact your local ECT sales engineer to get your PCB project started off on the right foot.


STG Appoints New Regional Sales Manager

STG is pleased to announce that Colin Moss has been appointed to the newly created position of Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe! His extensive technical product knowledge and solid customer relationships make Colin a valuable asset to the STG Sales Team, and we look forward to his continuing contributions toward bettering our business and strengthening our customer relationships. Congratulations Colin!


STG Announces New European Design Manager

STG is pleased to announce that Paul Hurst of our Lincoln, UK office has been promoted to Manager of European Design Services! Paul’s proven technical abilities and customer focus make him ideally suited for this new role, and a welcome addition to STG’s world-class team of global design leaders. Congratulations Paul!

For Contactor product inquiries, please consult your local ECT Sales Representative, or call Customer Service in the U.S. at 651-407-7777
For Design and Fabrication of Performance Boards and blank Probe cards, please contact Customer Service in the U.S. at 602-438-1112